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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Understanding Hand Hygiene Compliance In Healthcare Environments

In the UK today, the threat of healthcare associated infections (HCAI’s) is alarming, with approximately 300,000[1] patients contracting an illness whilst being treated in healthcare premises. That accounts for a cost of around £1 billion (GBP) to an already financially strained National Health Services (NHS). It has also been revealed that patients are remaining in the hospital an extra 3.6 million days a year in the UK due to these infections[2]; meaning healthcare professionals have less time to focus on new admittances.

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Topics: Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, WHO 5 Moments, WHO May 5th, Healthcare-Associated Infections

Antibiotic Resistance: A Global Issue

Antimicrobial resistance has gained notoriety as one of the most pressing public health issues the world faces today. It is occurring everywhere in the world, compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases, as well as undermining many other advances in health and medicine.

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Topics: Anti-biotic resistant organisms, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Nurses Clothing Covered in Bacteria

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick.” Miuccia Prada.

 

We have a choice each day to look powerful, confident, elegant and chic through our clothing. The look we don’t want to present is “germy”; our clothing covered in bacteria. Especially true if we happen to be healthcare workers, or their patients. And even if our contact with patients is quick, it can be a problem.

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Topics: Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Healthcare-Associated Infections

Can You Sniff C. diff?

What are dogs really known for? Are they soft and cuddly? Man’s best friend? The fact: all are true, but one thing about dogs that we know to be true, is that they have an impeccable sense of smell.

 

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Topics: C. diff., Hospital Acquired Infections, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Healthcare-Associated Infections

Everybody is Watching. Better Wash Your Hands!


Admit it.  Have you ever behaved a certain way because you knew someone was watching?  Maybe you wanted to impress someone or maybe you just didn’t want to be embarrassed.

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Topics: Hand hygiene compliance, Hawthorne Effect, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

Touchscreens: The Mosquito of the Digital Age

The widespread and rapidly growing automation and digitization of our world has led to the installation of billions of touchscreens, both in our personal possession and in public use, such as at hospitals, airports, schools, restaurants, public transit, banks and government offices.

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Topics: Mobile Phone Bacteria, Infection Prevention in Healthcare, Infection Prevention - Workplace and Public Areas

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